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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Creative Residents’ Parting Words

Create: Throughout the past twelve months, Create Magazine has brought you articles and videos about Adobe’s Creative Residents. As the company prepares to welcome the next group of exceptional creatives, we wanted to hear from the current class one more time.


Delaney Johnson said...

This article was very intriguing. Although I have not followed the Adobe Creative Residents program, hearing their stories and lessons about art were very intriguing. I did realize that many of the artists repeated a similar mantra: "limitations are a fantastic way to force yourself to realize creative solutions." There were many versions of this idea, but all had a very similar core, that art can grow in confinement. This can also be said as "Constraint breeds Creativity", as said by David Boevers this year. I can see this as a very true statement in my own life. I often find the most inspiration if a single idea or material in which I force myself to mold. For example, I found a lot of creativity in the box project with Susan Tsu, because the guidelines determined the product leaving me to create a meaning. Without this, it can be very overwhelming to start with an entire world of possibilities and no direction.

Vanessa Ramon said...

This article is pretty cool in that these artist share some advice about what they've learned. I like the first artist, Craig Winslow's approach to creating art. He tries to focus on once element at a time. Personally, I have found great value in taking a step back and being able to tweak one aspect of my art work at a time. For me, it is easy to get caught up in the result that I want that I often miss key simple aspects that I could easily change to get the result I want. I think the next artists advice pairs nicely with that of Winslow's. Christine Herrin gives some great advice on how not to be such a perfectionist when it comes to art. She suggests that you set yourself some sort of deadline. I think this is helpful for some because they always want to improve their work. The last two artist hadsome great advice on keeping it simple and not overloading yourself.

Sarah Battaglia said...

I think something that I really struggled with last year when I was doing design projects was the idea o editing. Which seems silly because everyone has to edit their work sometimes, and it is a skill you learn pretty early in your educational career. You do something and then after it's done you take a break and then come back to it and see what needs to be changed with fresh eyes. I have always been okay with this when it comes to papers but when it came to design I really struggled with the concept of editing or revising work. I think that this article actually lays out some pretty cool ways to do that and to try and help yourself learn more than you would just by fumbling around until you develop the skills. I don't really design anymore my I am excited to bring this idea to another part of my life.

Claire Krueger said...

For such a beautifully crafted and exceptionally elegant website and marketing I can’t image why they did not procure a higher resolution photo. Each of the current artists had such a specialised and developed field of work and craftsmanship. Like the restoration of signs, art restoration is common but I never put one and two together to see the vision of Craig Winslow. Seeing Syd Weiler’s “Trash Doves” made me happy, Madeline saw Trash Doves months ago and decided it was going to definitely be a meme and when we searched it on reddit we found it was a baby meme not even a day old, putting us on the cutting-edge of memes. I’m a little confused the low res selfie included five people but there were only samples of four artist's work. After looking at the other artists track record I really really want to see the fifth artist’s work, especially if it’s up to par with the featured four.

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